Sunday, January 18, 2015

UK Health Radio - Medical News Update on the Hour - Gracie on Cyberbullying

UK Health Radio - Medical News Update on the Hour


Cyberbullying is when children or teenagers use the internet, or mobile phones to threaten, tease or embarrass another.

Often bullies set up a website or group on a social website like Facebook and then ask other people to join in and comment about a person or pictures of them.

But can include things like emailing someone a virus on purpose, posting personal information where it shouldn't be or calling them names when playing a game together online.

Bullies on the Internet can't cause physical pain, but because of the way we now live our lives, with mobile phones and lots of Internet use, they can be very hard to avoid.

Online bullying is hard to work out who the cyber bullies are, they can hide behind fake names.

The best advice is to stay away from websites they use and block email addresses or mobile numbers that send nasty messages.

Find the 'report abuse' or 'block sender' options on your favourite websites.

Changing your username may also help and don't ever give out personal details such as your mobile number, address or email online.

You should also report the bullying to the people running the website. Keep evidence - callers and emailers can be tracked. And as with all bullying, telling an adult it's happening is REALLY important.

Gracie Timms
 UK Health Radio - Medical News Update on the Hour
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